PDF files offer a lot of benefits for people who choose to use them over other formats. For example, you can easily make notes or other additions to your files without modifying the content of the file itself. iPads are also great devices for browsing them as opposed to regular computer screens. In this article I'll show a couple of simple tricks to make PDF files for your iPad with programs that aren't necessarily dedicated PDF file makers. 


Scanner Pro

Scanner Pro is an excellent app that lets you take a picture of your documents and photos, and then makes some adjustments to make it look clearer, and more like a computer scan. This can be immensely useful for a variety of documents. I personally use it to scan my study notes. Anyway, Scanner Pro gives you the option to save your scans as PDF files with multiple pages. The beauty of this option is - you can use it with other images as well. 

On the bottom of the Scanner Pro screen you'll see two images - a camera and a picture. Click the picture to compile a file with images from your iPad. What makes this very useful is that you can easily make PDF files with screen captures from your iPad. (To make a screen capture, click the top power button and the square "home" button at the same time). This means you can do things such as, say, save web pages through screen captures if you so pleased. In my case, I used this feature to make PDF copies of e-magazines I had been reading (because I wanted to make some notes on the pages). 

Good Reader and Google Drive

Good Reader is perhaps the best document organizing and viewing tool for your iPad. I use it for everything from saving web pages to saving study guides in PDF format. While it's limited in its document making capabilities, you can easily use it in combination with Google Drive to convert some of your personal files to PDFs and other file formats. Simply sync your Good Reader app with your Google Drive account - click on "Connect to Server" on the right hand side of the program and add your Google information. From there you have the option to browse your Google Drive and save your file in any format you want - regardless of the original format.